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Book Blitz: The Past Comes Home by Silvia Violet + Giveaway!

The Past Comes Home by Silvia Violet

Twenty years ago, Paxton Marshall realized he liked boys, in particular his brother’s best friend, Brad. Pax now runs a successful art gallery, but he’s never found anyone who stirs his heart the way Brad did.

Brad Watson is back in town for his twentieth high school reunion. However, the celebration of long-ago days is the last thing on his mind. He’s there for one reason: to finally tell Pax how he feels.

Pax is shocked to learn Brad is not only gay but also interested in him. Dating a man in Ames Bridge isn’t as simple as it sound, though. In order to make a relationship work, both men will have to bolster their courage and alter their expectations.

*This book is an expansion of a previously published short story titled Open to the Past. Over 35,000 words have been added.*

Available at: Amazon

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Excerpt from The Past Comes Home

A knock on the shop door drew Pax’s his attention; probably his assistant, Cindy. It wouldn’t be the first time she’d forgotten her key, and no one else would be dropping by this early. Microfiber duster in hand, he twirled his way past the worktables and unpainted pottery pieces.

He sang along with Madonna as he reached for the doorknob, and froze—Brad was grinning at him through the front window.

Heat rushed to Pax’s face. For a moment he contemplated racing over to turn the music off, then walking calmly back to the door as if the last few seconds had never happened. Could he convince Brad his earlier appearance was a hallucination?

Brad placed his hand against the window and peered in. “Is this a bad time? I know I’m really early.” Continue reading

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Honorary Blogger Silvia Violet: Writing About Navy SEALs – Excerpt + Giveaway!

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Writing About Navy SEALs

by Silvia Violet

The series, like most of mine had a bit of a topsy-turvy, unplanned start. I saw a submission call for a military-themed anthology and decide to write a story since that was a story type I hadn’t tried yet. Other projects took longer than expected and I realized I couldn’t make the deadline so eventually I took the story start I had an developed it into Unexpected Rescue.

As soon as the story came out, I started getting requests for Sport’s story, and I began playing around with ideas and developing a much more involved suspense storyline than I’d originally conceived of. Thus the need to extend Unexpected into a series with several titles.

When I pondered a military theme, I chose SEALs because I’ve been fascinated by them since I started reading Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooters series over ten years ago. The grueling training they go through and the amazing things they accomplish awe me. I’m thrilled to have finally included some former SEALs in a series.

Before you read Unexpected Trust, make sure you know where it all began: Check out Book 1 in the Unexpected series, Unexpected Rescue.

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About Unexpected Trust

1Special Agent Hugh Cranford, better known as Sport, is conducting an off-the-record investigation. He’s after Danny O’Sullivan, a spy rumored to have assisted in the ambush of Sport’s former SEAL team. Danny claims he and Sport are on the same side, and the real traitor is the man Sport is working for. But Danny is a master manipulator. He’s also the most seductive man Sport has ever met. Sport can’t help being attracted to him, but that doesn’t mean he’s willing to trust him.

In his quest to bring down a few highly-placed traitors in the US government, Danny O’Sullivan has been keeping tabs on Sport. When Sport comes looking for him, Danny decides to bring Sport in on his secret mission and into his bed. Sport may not trust Danny, but he wants him. As the two men risk their lives to complete Danny’s mission, they discover neither is as strong as they like to pretend.

Available at: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance eBooks and Kobo

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An Excerpt from Unexpected Trust

He closed the box and reached for another. Then he heard the whoosh of a door opening. No footsteps followed. Someone was trying to be silent. O’Sullivan? A security guard? It might be nothing more than a routine check, but his instincts told him he was about to be discovered. He flattened himself again the wall next to the shelves.

Several seconds of silence. The hall door opened and closed again. Sport started to put his gun away.

Suddenly, the office door swung open and Danny was there, aiming a Glock at his chest. Fuck. He hadn’t heard a thing.

Why hadn’t he waited to come back here? Based on what he’d seen of the security, he could have gotten in easily after hours. He could hear his instructor at Quantico berating him for his impatience. Mr. Invincible. Mr. I’m-Better-Than-Any-Fucking-Spook. Look where that got you.

“Hello there,” O’Sullivan said. “Waiting for me?”

The Irish lilt went straight to Sport’s cock. Damn the man. “Just leaving actually,” Sport said, pushing away from the wall.

Danny shook his head. “Not yet. Get rid of your gun and then we’re going to get to know each other better.”

“I don’t think that’s a good idea, O’Sullivan,” Sport said as he dropped his gun on the floor. Danny kicked it away from him.

“Call me Danny. You’ve obviously been getting to know me already.”

“Can’t say that I have. Not much here to learn from.”

Danny walked to the desk and jerked open the drawer where Sport had seen the bug. Danny ripped it loose, dropped it on the floor, and smashed it with his foot, apparently no longer caring if whoever placed it realized Danny was on to them. “That’s better, now we can have some privacy. So tell me this, why did you bother poking around in this dusty old place when what you really want is right here?” Danny swept his hand down his body, letting it graze over his cock.

“It looked like you’d already found some company,” Sport said, keeping his face neutral. “I don’t do secondhand.”

Danny moved closer. “You’d do me. Any way you could get me.”

Sport fucking hated him, and he hated that he wanted the man under him, begging for mercy. That would be a mistake though; he couldn’t trust a word a man like O’Sullivan said. “Cut the games. Either shoot me or step out of the way so I can get back to my evening.”

Danny took another few steps toward him. Sport could have reached out and touched him, made a grab for Danny’s weapon or…. something else.

Danny reached out and drew a line down Sport’s chest with the tip of his gun. Sport didn’t flinch. Danny wasn’t going to shoot him, not that night anyway. After a while you learned to tell who was likely to pull the trigger and who wasn’t. Danny had no intention of ending things yet. He was the type who enjoyed the game far more than the outcome. He liked pitting himself against other operatives and coming out on top.

Sport could make sure he enjoyed coming on the bottom too.

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About Silvia Violet

Silvia Violet writes erotic romance in a variety of genres including paranormal, contemporary, sci fi, and historical. She can be found haunting coffee shops looking for the darkest, strongest cup of coffee she can find. Once equipped with the needed fuel, she can happily sit for hours pounding away at her laptop. Silvia typically leaves home disguised as a suburban stay-at-home-mom, and other coffee shop patrons tend to ask her hilarious questions like “Do you write children’s books?” She loves watching the looks on their faces when they learn what she’s actually up to. When not writing, Silvia enjoys baking sinfully delicious treats, exploring new styles of cooking, and reading to her incorrigible offspring.

You can find Silvia on her Website, Facebook or Twitter.

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The prize in this blog tour is a chance to win a $20 All Romance eBooks Gift Card! To enter, just click the link below!

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Please be aware that the only way to enter the giveaway is to click the Rafflecopter link above. Any comments on this post will not count towards entering the giveaway unless otherwise stated but are still welcome anyway.

Don’t forget to check out Morgan’s review of Unexpected Trust to see what she thought of it!

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Book Review: Unexpected Trust by Silvia Violet

Reviewed by Morgan

1Title: Unexpected Trust
Author: Silvia Violet
Series: Unexpected #2
Heroes: Hugh “Sport” Cranford, Danny O’Sullivan
Genre: MM contemporary
Length: 175 Pages
Publisher: Silvia Violet Books
Release Date: July 17, 2014
Available at: Silvia Violet Books, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance eBooks and Kobo
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Special Agent Hugh Cranford, better known as Sport, is conducting an off-the-record investigation. He’s after Danny O’Sullivan, a spy rumored to have assisted in the ambush of Sport’s former SEAL team. Danny claims he and Sport are on the same side, and the real traitor is the man Sport is working for. But Danny is a master manipulator. He’s also the most seductive man Sport has ever met. Sport can’t help being attracted to him, but that doesn’t mean he’s willing to trust him.

In his quest to bring down a few highly-placed traitors in the US government, Danny O’Sullivan has been keeping tabs on Sport. When Sport comes looking for him, Danny decides to bring Sport in on his secret mission and into his bed. Sport may not trust Danny, but he wants him. As the two men risk their lives to complete Danny’s mission, they discover neither is as strong as they like to pretend.
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Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, Guest Reviewer, LGBT, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Honorary Blogger Silvia Violet: What the Term Alpha Means to Me + Giveaway

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TBG:  Silvia Violet will soon be releasing Pressure Points, book 2 of her Pisgah Mountain Wolves series; Denying Yourself is book 1.  Silvia is here today on The Blogger Girls to talk alpha males and what they mean to her.  She is also generously offering up a chance to win one of two ebook copies of Pressure Points or a $25 gift certificate to Dreamspinner Press.

What the Term Alpha Means to Me
by Silvia Violet

I’ve always been drawn to alpha males characters. While the word alpha often conjures up an image of a big, muscular man who could crush his enemies with one hand, to me, what makes a man an alpha is attitude. An alpha character is one who likes to be in charge, thinks the rules don’t apply to him, is truly a good leader even if he has lessons to learn, is strong (be that mentally or physically or emotionally), and has some arrogance issues. Did I just describe Iron Man? He is one of my favorite alpha characters. The snark just adds to the appeal for me.

When I was in my teens, I mostly read historical romance. Again and again, I fell for alpha noblemen (that ones that were always described as having powerful thighs) who had the ability to bring down a highwayman as smoothly as they could swept their partners up in a waltz. As my reading tastes broadened, I grew to love alpha werewolves, dominating vampires, arrogant FBI agents, and sexy space captains who believe they can do no wrong.

Part of what I love about alphas is watching their character development when they come up against obstacles that foil their plans. Alphas expect things to go their way and when a plan fails or someone calls them out for breaking the rules (military regs, civic laws, the rules of physics, etc) they often founder. Not succeeding or being  punished for what they think was the right move wounds them, and they have to rethink, reassess and fight their way back to a place where they are in control once again. I love watching this journey.

Falling in love can is a challenge for an alpha, because for many of them, it’s not in their plans. They believe that needing another person is a weakness, one that they can’t afford even if they crave it. But once they do fall and accept it, they go all in, loving so deeply it rearranges their worldview. This process is one of my favorite things to take my characters through as a writer.

I also love writing in voice of an the alpha male. In part because it is so different from my own. I get to play around with sentiments and scenarios from a very different perspective than I have in my day-to-day life. And I get to go on that journey of realization and growth right there with a man who pushes all my buttons.

Thanks to my reader and/or author Facebook friends who helped me think through this topic!

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About Pressure Points

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Pressure Points releases here at Dreamspinner press on  March 19, 2014.

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About Silvia Violet

Silvia Violet writes erotic romance in a variety of genres including paranormal, contemporary, sci fi, and historical. She can be found haunting coffee shops looking for the darkest, strongest cup of coffee she can find. Once equipped with the needed fuel, she can happily sit for hours pounding away at her laptop. Silvia typically leaves home disguised as a suburban stay-at-home-mom, and other coffee shop patrons tend to ask her hilarious questions like “Do you write children’s books?” She loves watching the looks on their faces when they learn what she’s actually up to. When not writing, Silvia enjoys baking sinfully delicious treats, exploring new styles of cooking, and reading to her incorrigible offspring.

Visit Silvia at her WebsiteFacebook & Twitter 

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Enter for a chance to win one of two ebook copies of Pressure Points or a $25 gift certificate to Dreamspinner Press.

Please be aware that the only way to enter the giveaway is to click the link above. Any comments on this post will not count towards entering the giveaway.

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Early Review: Pressure Points by Silvia Violet

Reviewed by Heather C

21400934Title: Pressure Points
Author: Silvia Violet
Series: Pisgah Mountain Wolves #2
Heroes: Carl & Justin
Genre: M/M Paranormal Romance
Length: 196 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 19, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: It’s hard enough being an inn manager, serving at everyone’s beck and call, making sure all the guests are happy and the employees are paid on time. Add to that being a werewolf, a recovering alcoholic, and a pack leader. Add to that a brother who is trying to tear the pack apart and a dark past he can’t escape. Needless to say, Carl is under a lot of stress. Not helping: Justin, the inn’s human massage therapist—who Carl is trying not to fall for—has offered Carl a massage to “lower his stress levels.” As his boss, Carl can’t tell Justin his hands might lower stress levels, but they would raise something else.

Despite Carl trying to put him off, Justin won’t give in. Carl’s friends won’t leave him alone, and the divisions in the pack are near exploding. And it’s tourist season. The last thing Carl needs are wolf wars in the lobby. Like it or not, Carl is going to have to rely on Justin and the wolves who love him to teach him how to let go and get through everything without falling apart. Continue reading

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